Whether you want to meander through France or plan a route through Switzerland, driving from Dover to Italy via a ferry to France will introduce you to some beautiful scenery that’s not to be missed.

Boasting stunning cities, amazing food, and a whole host of famous landmarks, Italy is a fantastic holiday destination for people of all ages. From marvelling at the Colosseum in Rome, exploring the historic ruins of Pompeii near Naples, and navigating the canals in Venice to shopping ‘til you drop in Milan, this vibrant country offers plenty for you to see and do during your stay.

Depending on which route you choose, it takes around 9 hours to drive from our port in Calais to the Italian border, and with plenty of places to stop along the way, your road trip is sure to feel like part of your holiday. Ready to go? Take a look at our Italy travel guides to inspire your perfect Italian vacation.